Was thinking of selling/swapping my a99 II for a7R II

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Douglas F Watt Veteran Member • Posts: 3,784
Re: Was thinking of selling/swapping my a99 II for a7R II

Mike - wrote:

As most know, finding a good "a" mount lens is a pain. Especially for what I need...zoom wise. Swapping to an "E" mount, will go a long way toward using it more.

BUT, maybe I'll hang onto it a little longer. Being recently retired, and beginning to "clean" things up around the house, I found my old Minolta, Maxxum 7xi, with its (Tamron) 28-200 and (Minolta) 28-105 lenses. The 28-200 only sorta helps my distance problem (my 5D IV Canon with its 35-350 L are perfect. If it were only stabilized !).

Out of curiosity, this morning, I put the 28-105 lens on the a99 II and went outside. Although I've read posts about how well the old Minolta lenses work, I was still somewhat amazed at how detailed the photos actually were. Only took a few shots of junk around the house, and didn't do a high...level "inspection" the pictures for detail, color, fringing, etc., etc. but..! Only thing about the 28-105 is that its zoom is motorized. Wondering on how it will effect the battery life.

I haven't given the 28-200 any time yet. Just put the 28-200 on...the outer lens/element rotates during focus..! Maybe tomorrow for this one...

Maybe with these two lenses, my a99 II still has a home after all. I'll take it with me next weekend and see how things turn out.


Just came back from the trip of a lifetime to Italy, took over 500+ pictures, mostly with an A99ii with a Sigma Art 24-105 on the front of it, very occasionally a Zeiss 24 and the Sony 70-400.  Pictures were consistently superb.  Can't see trading/moving to E mount offers any real margins, esp. to the A7Rii, where the AF just isn't as good.  Zooms are available that are excellent, biggest gap is wide angle primes.  What I would give to have the entire Sigma Art line in A mount.  Dreaming of course on that one.

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Sony A99ii-A77ii-RX10III-RX100V
Sigma: 8-16 f4.5-5.6, 500 4.5 EX DG APO.
Sigma Art: 35 f1.4, 50 f1.4, 24-105 f4.
Tamron: 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony Zeiss Alpha: 24 f2, 85 1.4, 135 1.8, 24-70 2.8 SSMII
Sony: 16-50 f2.8, 100 f2.8M, 70-400 f4-5.6 G2
Minolta: 70-210 f4 ('Beercan').

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